Day in history for January 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It will be noticed that the Rock Island rail road will probably be opened to Ottawa by the 1st of Feb. and to Peru by the 1st of March.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Plow Works has been running night and day and even then has found it almost impossible to keep up with the orders.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Announcement has been made that essential frontage has been secured for completion of a new loop electric line to the bluff. This extension of the Tri-City Railway System will be known as the Long View Park Loop.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The grand jury, after three-and-a-half hours deliberation, has acquitted Edward Reed of Rock Island of manslaughter charges in the death of Michael McCoy in an auto accident near Taylor Ridge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cpl. Arlo Nash, son of F.B. Nash of Galva, earned top honors in the first class to graduate from the NCO school in Korea. This school, formed Dec. 19, was designed to teach potential leaders the tricks of combat and leadership.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A area wide strike by retail meatcutters was avoided this past weekend when negotiators for six Quad-City food chains and union representatives agreed upon a contract extension. The meatcutters three year contracts with Eagle, Jewel, Randall, A And P, Geifman and Kroeger, expired Saturday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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